Tyler Seguin (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Stars winger Tyler Seguin was back in practice Tuesday, but don’t expect him to suit up for Game 7. Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said Seguin is “ramping up” his skating, but he’s “not ready to play yet.”
The Stars’ season is on the line Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues, but even with Tyler Seguin once again taking part in practice, Dallas is going to have to try to keep their playoff run alive without the star winger.
Seguin has missed all but one of the Stars’ 22 games — his only reprieve from injury coming in Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild on April 16 — but Dallas got some seemingly great news when the 24-year-old took part in Tuesday’s skate. However, following practice, Stars coach Lindy Ruff delivered the bad news. While Seguin is able to take part in practice and has been “ramping up” his skating, according to Ruff, he’s not quite ready for game action. And that includes Game 7.
"He's not available to play right now," Ruff said Tuesday. "I'm not going to try to deceive you at all. He's not ready to play yet. He's just hit his next step on the way back again. He's closer than he was a couple days ago.”
Seguin, who scored 33 goals and 73 points during the regular season, has missed the entire series against the Blues thus far. It was originally believed an injury related to the 15 percent cut of his Achilles tendon he suffered late in the regular season was keeping him out, Ruff and the Dallas staff have repeatedly said the injury is not his Achilles. It shouldn’t be all too surprising that Seguin isn’t ready for Game 7 given the original timeline Stars GM Jim Nill gave for a potential recovery, though.
Nill said before the second-round series began that Seguin would miss at least the first two games of the series, and that once he returned to practice it would be at least four to five days before Seguin could play. Ruff’s assertion Seguin won’t play meshes with Nill’s statement.
Even without Seguin for Game 7, there is a silver lining for the Stars. If Dallas can manage to get by the Blues and move on to the Western Conference final, Seguin will likely be back in game shape by the time that series opens. And if the Stars are going to see this playoff run through to a Stanley Cup final berth — their first since 1999-00 — they’ll need Seguin back in the lineup.